Cytopathology

Main Address

  • Histopathology and Cytopathology
    Whittington Health
    5th Floor K Block
    Magdala Avenue
    London,
    N19 5NF
  • 020 7288 5422

Hours

  • Routine working hours
    Monday to Friday
    09:00 to 17:00
Cytopathology is a branch of pathology that studies and diagnoses diseases on the cellular level. The discipline was founded by Rudolf Virchow in 1858. A common application of cytopathology is the Pap smear, used as a screening tool, to detect precancerous cervical lesions and prevent cervical cancer.
Cytopathology is also commonly used to investigate thyroid lesions, diseases involving sterile body cavities (peritoneal, pleural, and cerebrospinal), and a wide range of other body sites. It is usually used to aid in the diagnosis of cancer, but also helps in the diagnosis of certain infectious diseases and other inflammatory conditions.
The cytopathology department receives approximately 2000 diagnostic specimens and 25,000 (hospital and community) cervical samples. The team includes biomedical scientists, medical laboratory assistants, clerical and administrative staff and three of the five pathologists have an interest in and report cytopathology.